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Congress Centre MICX - 11.053


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Design and construction of a Congress Centre for the city of Mons, Belgium. The project is a 'design & build' contract won through an international competition. The main architect is Studio Daniel Libeskind, with H2A as the local architect, while the construction will be carried out by CIT Blaton. The Congress Center is the first realisation amongst 8 buildings for 'Mons, European Capital of Culture 2015'. The building comprises several auditoriums, multi-purpose halls, offices, a restaurant, an underground parking and a green roof.

Specific features

Situated between the historic centre and the 'Grands Prés' neighbourhood, the future Congres Centre constitutes a focal point for economic and social development of Mons. By creating a visual link with the Beffroi tower on the one hand and the new train station designed by the architect Calatrava on the other hand, the building is fully integrated in the city's urban tissue. The bearing structure is formed by 'ribbon' concrete walls, curved and inclined, that follow an ascending spiral. This arrangement allows great flexibility for the varied program of the Centre. Prestressed beams are used for the big spans around the roof glazing. The slabs are prefabricated to the maximum extent, either with precast of post-tensioned slabs. The meeting rooms are located on a mezzanine level which is suspended by the curved ribbon walls. The viewing platform at the tip of the building is a light steel structure.

  • 2011-2012

  • 2013-2014

  • Studio Daniel Libeskind - H2A

  • City of Mons

  • Mons, Belgium

  • 11700 m2

  • 23000000 € Vat Excl.

  • Completed
  • George de Kinder